The rumors that the Conservative party will seek to use the National Health Service as a bargaining chip in getting a trade deal with the US after they leave the EU has been around for a long time. The Conservatives and Boris Johnson have vigorously denied it because for all the grumbling about its shortcomings (mainly caused by insufficient government finding) people are fond of the NHS and would fiercely resent giving it up and letting the poisonous American private health system be foisted on them.
But Corbyn says that they have received a leaked dossier that shows that Johnson has already been in negotiations with the US to put the NHS up for sale.
Boris Johnson’s claim that healthcare is “not on the table” in UK and US trade talks has been undermined by the release of official papers that reveal the two countries have repeatedly discussed dismantling protections that keep NHS drug prices down.
The 451 pages of uncensored documents show that between July 2017 and July 2019, senior UK and US trade officials discussed the NHS, drug patents, the pharmaceutical industry, health insurance and medical devices as part of the post-Brexit trade deal.
Experts have warned the documents show the US wants the UK to rip up the way it sets drug prices – potentially leading to billions of pounds a year in added costs for the NHS.
The record of the high-level talks, released on Wednesday by the Labour party, reveals that the US prefers a hard or no-deal Brexit scenario, and that American officials suggested that progressing free-trade talks between the nations could aid Donald Trump in his bid for presidential re-election in 2020.
The US prefers a no-deal Brexti because if the UK completely leaves the Customs Union and its single market, they would be at the mercy of the US in creating a bilateral trade deal.
Of course Boris Johnson denies that the NHS is on the table but he is a liar like his hero Trump.